Many entrepreneurs think their biggest problem is finding funding. But what those entrepreneurs forget is the demon of distraction. 

Lack of focus and distraction can destroy any business, making it lose its momentum. By year three, 44% of businesses fail. This means that focus is essential to a business’s success. And maintaining your short-term and long-term goals can help you create and maintain momentum in business. 

These five tips will help you slay the distraction demon.

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#1: Where’s the revenue?

Each time you’re about to make any decision about your business, the first question you should ask is, "Where’s the revenue?" 

Many entrepreneurs fall into the trap of thinking they won’t have revenue in the launch stage. But why shouldn't you? 

If you have no revenue, it’s easy to get distracted. Most business owners are motivated by the possibility of making money from their business. Keeping the idea of making revenue in your mind will motivate you to try hard to build a successful business.

#2: Use your time productively

Entrepreneurs are notoriously busy and short on time. There’s always something to do.

If you’re short on time, it becomes important to use every minute productively. Ensure you choose tasks that fit the time you have and make use of every minute.

When you have free time, don’t waste it on surfing the internet or watching YouTube videos. And unless you’re spending time on social media to build your audience, don’t waste your time there. 

#3: Streamline your tasks

Streamlining tasks helps you focus on your company and avoid wasting time. 

A streamlined task can be done easily. Streamline your daily to-dos by working on similar tasks at the same time. For example, do you need to write a blog post and a newsletter? Do them one right after the other; this will help you use the same style and do things quickly.

Focus on tasks you can do and delegate what you can’t do to someone who has the skills to work on them. Delegating will help you focus on important aspects of your firm.

#4: Wake up early

Successful entrepreneurs wake up early. The most productive hours of the day are usually in the morning when there are no distractions. Wake up early before the rest of the world, and you’ll be surprised by how much you can get done in the first few hours.

Use your morning time to handle creative tasks, and avoid doing mindless tasks like checking your emails. Also, avoid focusing on harder things because they drain and reduce your focus.

#5: Set goals

Goals can help you maintain your focus as they remind you of what you want to achieve. Without goals, you’re more likely to get distracted and pulled into many directions. Your goals can be daily, quarterly, small, or complete dreams that are challenging. 

Most entrepreneurs have a few different levels of goals, and each type of goal will help sharpen your mind and maintain your focus. 

Regardless of which of these lessons you implement, improving your focus will help you build a successful business.

Don't miss our next article, where the topic is about creating your long-term business vision.

Until then,  

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A Note for Entrepreneurs.  Do you want to grow your business and yourself?  Awesome.  With the help of my mentors at the John Maxwell Team, I and Thrive Leadership Institute are launching, this Fall, two programs specifically created for Entrepreneurs: (1) Maxwell Speakers Club and Networking Group for Entrepreneurs and (2) Entrepreneur Leadership Development Program Workshops.  

To learn more about these exciting New Programs for Entrepreneurs, coming this Fall, visit https://www.johncmaxwellgroup.com/annabanks/Contact  or email Anna@ThriveLeadershipInstitute.com